$450m industrial precinct built at Bankstown Airport

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Sydney Freezers and Beijer Ref are to construct a purpose-built facilities at Bankstown Airport in South West Sydney. The new $450m industrial estate, named Altitude, is owned in partnership by Aware Super and Altis Property Partners.

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Agribusiness precinct seen as a game changer

RDA Sydney has welcomed the release of the NSW Government’s Western Sydney Airport Agribusiness Precinct Feasibility Study as a potential game changer for farming in the region.

RDA Chair Dr Rob Lang said the study showed there was enormous potential to capitalise on Western Sydney’s existing world-class peri-urban agriculture sector and to leverage the opportunities arising from the Aerotropolis at Badgerys Creek.

“Western Sydney already produces around $169 million worth of agricultural produce annually and the study shows this could increase to bring in around $2.8 billion and create 14,500 jobs over 10 years,” Lang said.

RDA Sydney has worked closely with both the State and Federal Governments to develop opportunities for agribusiness in greater Sydney.

“Our 2017 study showed the enormous potential of this industry to boost jobs and investment in Western Sydney and to capitalise on the opportunities arising from the Aerotropolis,” Lang said.

“A high-tech agribusiness precinct, adjoining the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, would generate new investment opportunities and deliver long term benefits to businesses seeking to take advantage of the new facilities and proximity to international freight services.”

Primary producers across NSW also welcomed the prospect of an integrated transport system and centralised post-harvest services that would result in better efficiencies and streamlined biosecurity arrangements.

“The proposed 500-hectare greenfield site presents a once in a life time opportunity to construct purpose-built infrastructure, adopt innovative business models and embrace the circular economy,” Lang said “A shift to shared services and commercial collaborations would ensure the sustainable use and reuse of precious resources including water and energy.”

“Centralised data centres and automated climate-controlled environments, key elements of urban intensive food production systems, will require a highly skilled workforce and the whole region will benefit from the creation of an additional 2,500 new high tech jobs and 12, 000 indirect jobs as a result of this precinct, ” Lang said.

Anchor tenants committed to the agribusiness precinct have already been announced and include Sydney Markets Limited and The University of Sydney.  The study notes that new curricula and on the job experience will be needed to ensure the delivery of a flexible multi-disciplinary workforce.

“With Sydney’s second airport due to open in 2026 and construction well underway now is the right time to hit the accelerator and start planning and allocating resources to this important project,” Lang said.

“We would urge the government to expedite the feasibility study and ensure that the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority has the resources required to finalise this study and start implementation as soon as possible.”


Sydney Royal’s Grape, Grain & Graze Festival to ignite wine-lovers’ taste buds

People can keep warm in this winter with the Grape, Grain and Graze wine festival in Sydney.

The festival, formerly known as the Sydney Royal Wine Experience, will showcase hundreds of wines.

But it’s not only for wine lovers. There will be Sydney Royal award-winning beers and ciders as well.

Experts will be on site to explain why these beverages are considered the cream of the crop.

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All this with Sydney Royal award–winning food and music to match.

Each of the 2300 wines are judged in the annual KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show just days earlier. Ticketholders can then make their own judgements.

Industry judges will be on hand to answer questions and guide people’s palates around the stunning array of drinks on offer.

Sydney Royal Wine committee chairwoman Sally Evans said nowhere else in Australia would people be given this sort of opportunity to taste a vast array of award-winning wines, beers, ciders and produce.

“This is a once a year experience, offering extraordinary value for money, which brings the public into direct contact with the very best Australia has to offer from the land. These producers take extreme pride in what they create, and for the public to be able to enjoy these offerings on such a grand scale and all in the one location is a real treat,” said Evans.

“Whether you are seeking a fun afternoon out with your girlfriends, your partner or a group of mates, our team at Sydney Royal has every base covered for you,” she said.

The event will be held on the 11th of August at Sydney Olympic Park.


Food and Beverage Awards Industry finalists announced

From fruity drinks to coconut yoghurt, the finalists for the Food and Beverage Industry Awards 2018 shows the broad range of companies making their mark on the food industry.

The prestigious awards program recognises successful and innovative people in the industry, including brands that have a focus on health, and companies that are committed to providing equipment and services that focus on safety-first.

All finalists are automatically entered for the ‘Best of the Best’ award, sponsored by Flavour Makers.

Beverage of the Year – Sponsored by VEGA Australia


The Good Seed Kefir – Kefir Soda, fermented beverage

Chai Addict – Chai Addict and Chai Harder

Emma and Tom’s – Colour Cleanse Purple Recovery

PepsiCo ANZ – Pepsi Max Vanilla

Ingredient Innovation

Raglan Coconut Yoghurt – Coconut yoghurt range

Fermentanicals – Organic sprouted grain line

Golden Grind – Golden Grind full range

Botanical Innovations – Apple cider vinegar

Chr. Hansen – SafePro

Morlife – Hemp falafel mix

Food Safety Equipment and Materials

Mitrefinch Australia – Time and attendance access and fatigue management

SICK – Bottle cap detection

ACO – Hygienic drainage systems

CCP Technologies – CCP Network Australia

Packaging Innovation – Sponsored by Jet Technologies

Result Group – Grape n’ Go

PakWorld – Pic’s Peanut Butter Slugs

The Low Carb Living Group – Protein Bread Co baking mixes

Chai Addict – Chai Addict and Chai Harder

Innovative Technology of the Year – Sponsored by NHP

Mitrefinch Australia – Mobile time and attendance live reporting

Aerofloat – DAF and MBBR

Automaint Solutions – HSC Lidding Attachment

HMPS – HMPS8000 Robotic Flat Bread Packer

JCurve Solutions – JCurve ERP

SICK – Bottle cap detection

Health Foods – Sponsored by JCurve Solutions

Well and Good – Hamburger buns

Nuts By Nature Mylk – Almond Mylk base

Extraordinary Foods – Pure kale chips

The Low Carb Living Group – Plant based range

COYO – COYO kids’ pouches

Mr Lee’s Pure Foods – Mr Lee’s noodles

Best in Design – Sponsored by Wiley

The Low Carb Living Group

Monash university – Incubation facility

Victorian Government and La Trobe University – AgriBio

Oji Fibre Solutions – Yatala packaging plant

Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods

Country Cooked Meats – The Standard Meat Co char siu pork

Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm – The Bare Bird

The Original Lamb Bacon Co. – Lamb bacon

Sunshine Meats – Smoked duck breast

Paddock to Plate

Prestige Foods Manufacturing – Chickpeas

Australian Primary Hemp – Hemp seeds and oil, hemp balance, hemp boost

The Original Lamb Bacon Co. – Lamb bacon

Fonterra – Anmum QR code

The Food & Beverage Industry Awards 2018 will be held at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney on Thursday the 16th of August 2018.

Bakery set to rise at the food show

Foodservice Australia is set to feature a new section for bakers and patissiers when it runs its Savour Patissier of the Year competition in Sydney this May.

The winner with the highest points across all categories will receive a trophy, $10,000 cash and a trip to Hong Kong for three days training with Marike van Beurden courtesy of Ravifruit.

According to Event Director Tim Collett, the new Bakery Zone will make it easier for bakers and patissiers to find the ingredients, equipment and suppliers needed to keep up with demanding customers.

"Foodservice Australia was already attracting a lot of bakers and pastrycooks, but this new section along with all the special events makes it an absolute must attend event for anyone serious about improving their business," Collett said.

Australia’s Best Pie and Pastie Competition will be returning to the show with hundreds of entries expected from bakeries around the nation. Organised by the Baking Association of Australia it enjoys a high profile amongst industry professionals and consumers.

Visitors can watch the judging live at the show, chat with judges and receive tips on making their own perfect pies and pasties. Winners will receive medals that can be displayed in their shops and the overall winners will take home trophies and prizes from the sponsors and baking association.

Of course bakeries these days sell a lot more than bread and cakes. Another special event that many will want to visit is the Café School. This is a free theatre that offers practical workshops on coffee, sandwiches, pizza and food-to-go. 

Exhibitors booked into the show and keen to meet bakers include Goodman Fielder, Unilever, Cerebos, Peerless, W&P Reedy, Mackies, Ready Bake, Mission Foods, Tasmanian Bakeries, Dalya Australia, Callebaut, Ravifruit, Unox Australia, Confoil, Kwik Lok and many more.

NSW Government gold plates fish awards once again

The NSW Government has returned as the Gold Sponsor for the 2015 Sydney Fish Market Seafood Excellence Awards.

The Seafood Excellence Awards recognises the ongoing efforts of seafood businesses in providing the public with exceptional, sustainable and fresh seafood.

This is the third time the NSW Government has endorsed the event, following Gold sponsorship at the 2011 and 2013 Seafood Excellence Awards.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said: “The NSW Government is proud to support the Sydney Fish Market Seafood Excellence Awards as a Gold Sponsor, and to continue its long association with the Sydney Fish Market and these awards, going back to 1996.

“The Sydney Fish Market Seafood Excellence Awards is a chance to recognise those in the industry that are the “best of the best”, leaders of industry in their field whether it be production, post harvest or those striving to achieve better environmental outcomes for the seafood industry.

“The seafood industry is an integral part of our coastal and inland communities and our consumption of seafood is steadily growing. Consumers can be confident that our seafood is harvested sustainably and is of the highest quality thanks to stringent management and food safety plans," Minister Blair said.

Sydney Fish Market General Manager, Bryan Skepper, said: “The Gold Sponsorship support of the NSW Government through the Department of Primary Industries is greatly appreciated by Sydney Fish Market. There is no doubt that we share the same vision for a sustainable fishing industry and are equally committed to working together to achieve this.

“Industry sponsorship is integral to the success of the Seafood Excellence Awards. The generous support of the NSW Government elevates the awards on to a public stage for all to appreciate the hard working people of the seafood industry,” Mr Skepper said.

The awards will be held at the Sydney Seafood School located at Sydney Fish Market. This event will bring together and reward the industry’s top players including commercial fishers and aquaculturists, retailers, experts, wholesalers and restauranteurs as well as key government and environmental agencies, media and gastronomers.